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Wednesday13 December 2017

Recycled Fiber Optics: How Old Ideas Drove New Technology

OPN February 2012 Cover

“Recycled Fiber Optics: How old Ideas Drove New
Technology” by Jeff Hecht
OPN, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 22-29

Jeff Hecht, a freelance science and technical
writer from Auberndale, Mass., U.S.A., retraces
the evolution of the fiber-optic communication
technology, concluding that “old ideas drove new
technology”.

Abstract
When it comes to fiber optics, everything old is new again. Crucial building blocks of modern technology were once written off as impractical, including single-mode fiber and wavelength-division multiplexing. Now coherent communication systems, abandoned in the 1980s, have become cutting-edge high-performance systems.

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